Tom of Finland

From shunned to celebrated, this is the story of cult-artist Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, and the events that influenced his iconic homoerotic drawings. After the trauma of serving in WWII, Tuoko finds no peace at home as he has to go to increasingly greater lengths to hide his homosexuality, even from his family. As the secret affairs and police crackdowns wear on him, he commits more deeply to his art, drawing inspiration from the uniforms that oppress him.

Tuoko gains confidence from the positive reactions he receives after sharing his explicit drawings of muscular men in sexually uninhibited situations with a select few. But it is only when an American publisher sees them and invites Tuoko over to the West Coast that his life really takes a turn. Finally being able to walk free and proud in Los Angeles, Tuoko dives head first into the sexual revolution, becoming an icon and a rallying point. Tuoko’s story is unique and unforgettable. Director Dome Karukoski brings him to life, creating a moving portrayal of the man behind the legendary images.

  • Program
  • Director
    Dome Karukoski
  • Producer
    Aleksi Bardy, Mila Haavisto, Annika Sucksdorff
  • Writers
    Aleksi Bardy
  • Photo
    Lasse Frank Johannessen
  • Actors
    Pekka Strang, Jessica Grabowsky, Lauri Tilkanen, Jakob Oftebro, Werner Daehn
  • Playtime
    1 h. 55 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany
  • Production
    Helsinki-filmi, Anagram Vast, Fridthjof Film, Neutrinos Productions
  • Sale
    Protagonist Pictures
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment Norway

Wendy and the Refugee Neverland

An offbeat hypermarket assistant gives herself one more year to fulfill her dream of making it big with her indie rock band.

Wendy and the Refugee Neverland is the self-titled story of Krisu’s band and her all-in bid to fulfil her dreams even as they start to dwindle, in this unique take on contemporary life.

  • Program
  • Director
    Olli Ilpo Salonen
  • Producer
    Olli Ilpo Salonen
  • Writers
    Olli Ilpo Salonen, Minka Kuustonen, Juha Pulli, Joonas Kääriäinen
  • Photo
    Hannu Käki
  • Actors
    Minka Kuustonen, Joonas Kääriäinen, Juha Pulli, Jonas Saari, Antti Wiklund, Antti Heikkinen, Linda Wiklund, Joonas Snellman
  • Playtime
    1 h. 27 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Finland
  • Production
    Aalto University, ELO Film School Finland
  • Sale
    Saara Toivanen